Thursday, January 25, 2007

Villa Rides!


Back when I was 5 or 6 years old I remember going to the theater to see this movie. I thought it was the coolest thing. It was the first time I ever saw Mexicans in an English speaking movie that didn’t act like oafish buffoons, bowing and scraping to the Anglo characters (“Please Senor, we want no trouble”). I know now that the two leading Mexican characters were played by a Russian and a Pole. But at the time they sure looked Mexican to me. In 1969 there weren’t to many role models for Mexican/American kids other than the Cisco kid, Zorro and Speedy Gonzales. It was cool to see some guys that looked like my uncles kicking ass and taking names.